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Highland celebrated their six seniors last Thursday night and the contributions to the program.
“I love my seniors and they have left a mark on the program,” Highland coach Derick Ball said. “They have turned things around and put it in the direction it needs to be headed in the future.”
Ball, who is in his second year as Highland’s coach, said a strong senior class like this has made his transition to Highland much easier.
The six seniors included Jordan Sosa, Brady Hahn, Cory Stewart, Bradley Rodgers, Geoff Streb and Dan Burton. When talking about the things they have contributed, Ball continued to hit on the fact that all have been good leaders for the team and give younger wrestlers something to look up to.
The night also featured the final SEISC duals of the season for Highland against Notre Dame-West Burlington and New London, with Highland dropping both.
Notre Dame-West Burlington was able to take a 51-30 win over the Huskies with five forfeits in favor of the Nikes to just one for Highland. In the wrestled matches, Highland outscored the Nikes 24-21.
The dual started off with Isaac Black at 160 pounds, and Black was holding a 15-9 lead late in the third period when he was called for his fifth potentially dangerous call and was given a disqualification.
From there, ND-WB took a forfeit at 170 before Cael Yeggy got Highland on the board with a 38-second pin at 182 pounds.
Justin Sosa was pinned in the first period at 195 pounds, but Bradley Rodgers struck back with a pin of his own in the first period to bring Highland back within six points at 18-12.
Highland then gave up four straight forfeits from 285 to 120 pounds and Brogran Carolan was pinned at 126 pounds, which put the meet out of reach for the Huskies. Geoff Streb dropped a 13-7 decision at 132 pounds before the Huskies rattled off three straight.
Caedon Harbison and Brady Hahn both pinned their opponents at the 1:17 mark of the match and Cory Stewart took a forfeit.
New London defeated Highland 42-30, with six weights forfeited during the match. Highland got wins from Carolan, Streb, Harbison, Hahn and Stewart.
Harbison pinned his second opponent in 27 seconds, giving him less than a period of mat time.
“I just to try and score as many points as I can, end the match quickly and get some team points,” Harbison said.
He said the wins are a big boost heading into next week’s SEISC tournament.
“He doesn’t realize his ability. He absolutely is a natural and has a ton of physical ability, but he has a lot of mental work and as coaching staff we have to bring that mental piece around,” Ball said.
The Huskies did not travel to Louisa-Muscatine due to the weather concerns.